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  1. 2 hours ago, Mel Good said:

    Thanks -  seems like it's going to be a steep learning curve 


    I can see you are a master of the understatement.


    The cheap and quick solution is to sling a tarpaulin over the whole boat. No doubt you've noticed this on other boats, now you know why!! 



  2. 17 hours ago, Midnight said:

    Heard today that Richard Parry was hit by a speeding cyclist at Cambrian Wharf in Birmingham. Can't validate it or when but it was from a reliable source. If it's true maybe Mr Parry will realise his education program isn't worth a jot. 


    When did this happen please? 



  3. Those things are called catalytic heaters and were popular in the 70s. I never quite understood how they worked, other than by taking gas and converting it into CO2, water vapour and heat by a means other than combustion. Being flueless the CO2 and and water vapour all ends up inside the boat so by today's standards, they are considered unsafe. I dunno if they would be a BSS fail. I've an idea the only flueless appliances BSS allows are cooking appliances.







  4. 28 minutes ago, Jerra said:

    I have just had a google for separating toilets and the three or four I looked at (including well known brands like separett) describe them as composting so clearly they think differently.


    "Composting toilet" is undoubtedly a misnomer because composting does not happen in the toilet appliance. It fills up too fast and the solids have to be removed and dealt with elsewhere


    "Separating toilet" seems a much more accurate description give all they do is separate the solids from the liquids. Once separated by the toilet, the solids have to be dealt with away from the toilet, and can be disposed of by one of the following methods. 


    1) Composting in the garden compost heap, or

    2) Composting in a bucket for a year or two, then I'm not sure what

    2) Desiccating for several months then putting CRT bins, or

    3) Putting straight in the CRT bins after a token storage period of a few days or weeks, or 

    4) Paying to have it collected monthly by Circular Revolution Ltd.


    The next debate will be what happens to all the urine separated out by these toilets. Does it really all go in the elsans? 

  5. 8 hours ago, Quattrodave said:

    Not sure i fully understand the question, the shape of the mating surfaces should be a big clue... post a pic of the joint in question, might be easier to identify...


    Same here. FAR more detail is needed in order to attempt an answer. Photos of the outlets of both the existing and the new changeover regulators would be a good way to start. If no photos, a detailed explanation of the type of outlet on each regulator would be a start. The dimensions of each changeover valve are likely to be different too so the pipe may not line up with the new regulator once fixed in place.

  6. 7 hours ago, Alan de Enfield said:

    The RCD is important to any boater who wishes to stay within the law, be they on the Lakes, the Canals, the Rivers or the Sea.



    I bought a verrry nice narrowboat about four years ago with bugger all paperwork. It may or may not have an RCD, but if it has I've no evidence. 


    Are you saying I've committed a criminal offence? 

  7. 18 minutes ago, David Mack said:

    When we sold my late father's house we couldn't find the FENSA certificate or the paperwork for the replacement gas boiler. The solicitor suggested we offer the buyer an indemnity policy. It cost the princely sum of £11.20, which I think shows what a low risk the insurers think a lack of paperwork represents.


    I think those indemnity policies are indemnity against enforcement of the window and boiler regulations by local council Building Control, rather than the windows falling out or the boiler exploding.

  8. Just now, matty40s said:

    This is the way we have gone, very large 240v Lieberhh A++ fridge, and a 1200w dedicated PSW inverter. Heard the inverter fan for the first time last week when it was 32C outside.





    This runs happily on solar for 9 months of the year I imagine? How much solar do you have?


    (This raises another point. I added two 100W Victron panels to my single 100W Vikram, and they made hardly any difference!! One for another thread though...)




  9. 3 minutes ago, dmr said:

    I reckon its some kind of old engine, the big brass intake thingy should be a big clue 😀


    Can't quite see how many cylinders it has from that little picture.


    It has the correct number of cylinders...


    If you visit my profile there is a massive version of the same picture :)


  10. 12 minutes ago, bizzard said:

    Can't make a reply. Firefox now hopeless, sayes ''submit topic'' but won't.  Chrome sometimes, like now, I hope. No other forum or anything does this, getting very fed up. :)


    Does this still happen if you use a different device to post, e.g. a phone or another lappy?


    Edit to add: 

    I appreciate you probably won't be able to answer.... 

  11. I think if you call the same examiner who did it last time, you at least stand a good chance of it not failing on something it passed on last time! 


    I think if you give the same boat to different examiners, you'll get different fail lists. Like car MoT examiners, they seem to vary in degrees of strictness in various sections of the examination. 


    But to answer your question, Nigel Carton (of this forum) is a good chappie, but not sure if he travels as far south as Banbury.  

  12. 4 minutes ago, Dartagnan said:

    Developed long ago in the yachting/motor boat world.  Allows one to ‘step off’ when mooring etc and the boat remains in situ😁


    Lol, I should have realised!


    Wouldn't work well on canals I don't suppose. As soon as you get your fist prop foul, the boat will be gone! 

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  13. 16 hours ago, Stroudwater1 said:

    What is the metal bar for between the prop and rudder? I was talking to someone epoxy painting a boat with one the other day who hadn’t been aware of one before. Is is merely  to keep the rudder attached more securely?


    I think is is to add stability to that really long skeg, the long skeg being necessary due to the decision to have quite a large gap between the blade and the rudder, I would imagine. Cast braces of this type are seen on the stern gear of one or another type of historic boat but I can't remember which. There was a long thread on here discussing them (with photos) seven or eight years ago. I dunno how to go about finding it, perhaps someone here remembers it too?

  14. It always strikes me that a high tech solution to this problem could be developed, using the same technology that drones use to stay stationary in the sky despite the wind. A couple of electric outboard legs, one each end of the boat, some servo motors to rotate them and some really clever programming could result in the boat remaining geo-stationary for as long as it takes for its batteries to go flat, without a mooring line or mudweight anywhere.

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